Hinds Likes Washington

One of the top defensive ends out west this year is Kaysville (Utah) Davis' Troy Hinds. The talented pass-rusher has put up solid numbers since his sophomore year in 2009 and has schools from across the country pursuing him. Dawgman.com got the scoop on where Washington stands as well as when he'd like to make his decision...

"I have a lot of offers right now," Hinds said with a bit of a chuckle. "Washington was one of the first schools to offer me, but recently I got offers from Notre Dame and from Oklahoma and I have offers from most of the Pac 12 and a lot of the Big 12 and Big Ten, so things have been pretty nuts."

Hinds is a physical specimen, topping 6'5" and weighing in at 230 pounds and he said his long arms and football knowledge help him a lot, but his speed is his biggest asset.

"My speed really helps me right now," Hinds said. "I'm working on moves and stuff like that, but my 'get off' and my quickness and then my closing speed are really what helps me put up the numbers I do."

As a sophomore in 2009, Hinds was named First Team All-Region 1 and finished 15th in the 5A classification, totaling 96 tackles and eight sacks and this past fall, he saw teams put backs and tight ends to his side, so his numbers were a bit down -- 56 tackles and 7.5 sacks -- but his teammates benefitted from the attention he garnered.

"I'm fine with not getting to make a play if that helps my teammates make plays," Hinds said. "As long as we're successful as a team, that's all that really matters to me."

Washington offered early in the process and he said they are a program he is looking at pretty hard.

"I really like the direction they are taking the program there," Hinds said. "I like their aggressive defense and I've never been to Seattle, so I'd like to get up there and visit so I can see the campus and the city for myself.

"I'd like to try and get up there for spring ball, but if not, then I'd like to get up there for camp or at least on an unofficial visit," Hinds said.

Hinds also noted that he's set a timetable for when he'd like to make a decision.

"Right now I'm thinking probably after my season is over," Hinds said. "I'd like to take all my trips and then see where things stand. I need to compare things and make sure it's a good fit for me and the right situation.

"I'm looking at location a little and the possibility of playing time, but those aren't going to make or break my decision. Honestly, it will be how I feel about the program and the coaches and if I feel like they will make me better."

We'll have more from Hinds in the coming weeks as he continues along with the recruiting process.

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